Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Contemporary History and Politics

This programme will give you a deep understanding of the recent past and the contemporary world and help you develop the approaches, techniques and skills of the professional historian. Using an interdisciplinary combination of historical and political approaches, it lays a strong emphasis on the critical analysis of the recent past, with the overall aim of giving you specialist knowledge of particular regions and themes. You will study the complex interplay between national, international and global political, social and historical forces that have produced the contemporary world.

Entry requirements

MA: 2nd Class Honours degree and references. We also offer a 1-year Graduate Certificate in History, which can be used as a conversion course if you want to study history at postgraduate level, but have a degree in a significantly different discipline. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English: IELTS Academic Test score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

4 essays of 5000 words each and a dissertation of 15,000 words. Assessment in option modules offered through the Department of Politics includes essays and examinations.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 8,175 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone number: 
02076316268